Trump has vowed to withdraw from the Iran deal by May 12 unless U.S. and European negotiators agree to fix what he calls its serious flaws.
One of Emmanuel Macron closest associates made clear the French president will pursue "full and permanent" exemptions from the new tariffs President Donald Trump has suggested he will impose.
Analysts say Macron's aim is to improve bilateral relations. "He wants a great Russian Federation", added the French leader. Macron's office said Sunday he hopes it will be planted in the White House gardens.
He warned against leaving a vacuum in Syria once the war with Daesh is over, adding that it will most likely be filled by Iran and Bashar al-Assad. "I think he's a very strong man, he's a strong president".More news: Manchester Utd prolongs FA Cup pain for Spurs by reaching final
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Macron did call on Trump to abandon his recently announced steel and aluminum tariffs, or make an exemption for the European Union. "And that's why I think the United States role is very important to play".
Both countries are keen to emphasize their historic relationship - recalling that France was the first ally of American revolutionaries fighting for independence.
It comes from near the site of the Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France, where 2,000 US Marines perished at the end of World War I.
"We have this very special relationship because both of us are probably the mavericks of the systems", Macron told host Chris Wallace.
Macron said he too supports efforts to curb Iran's ballistic missile programme, but that this does not require scrapping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear accord. "It was to say now, we will work together".